Pat Kelleher (b. 1939), former director of CIT (part 1)
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Pat Kelleher (b. 1939), former director of CIT (part 1)


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Pat Kelleher was born in Limerick where his father was stationed at Edward Street Garda Station. Some years after the death of his father, when Pat was 17 years old, the family moved to Galway. Pat describes his own background in education and his professional experiences up until 1963 where he joined the staff of the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute, operating under the City of Cork VEC. He discusses the origins and the development of the Regional Technical College (RTC), his time spent as a member of staff of the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute and his introduction to Cork’s technical education system. He recalls the people who worked with him in the Crawford, the move to Bishopstown and his time as a director of the RTC. He also speaks about other colleges, such as the National Marine College at Ringaskiddy. He describes the establishment of the Biomedical Science laboratory and recalls the introduction of Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Computing, the academic structures when the new RTCs were set up in the early 1970s and the introduction of expert teachers. In 1971 Pat Kelleher helped organise a conference on technical education as part of his involvement in the Cork Scientific Council of which he was treasurer, and he describes this mammoth logistical undertaking. He has a real love of music, which he discusses in this recording.

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Cork Institute of Technology


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48 hours

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A pioneer in education

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe